EDC Gains Accredited Basketball School Status

East Durham College are delighted to announce that their Basketball Development Centre has recently been awarded ‘Accredited Basketball School’ status.

The award has been graded following an application and review with England Basketball - the national body which governs and aim to enhance the sport of basketball in England.

Charlie Ford, Schools/AASE Administrator at England Basketball, said: “After careful consideration England Basketball has approved East Durham College’s application for ‘Accredited Basketball School’ status.

“The College Basketball Centre’s approach and aims match very closely with our own mission to encourage and enable people to participate in basketball regardless of their ability, age, gender, status, disability or ethnic background and also to lift the performance and quality of basketball.

England Basketball’s Development Officer, Zoe Vickers, added: “The staff at East Durham College are extremely enthusiastic about basketball and its development at the College and in the community. I am very excited about the direction East Durham College are going in and can't wait to work with them to achieve their aims and the aims of basketball in County Durham.”

Denise Collingwood, Director for Sport at the College, remarked: “I’m delighted East Durham College has been successful in receiving the England Basketball Accreditation. We are totally committed to the development of Basketball at a local, regional and international level and are fostering a philosophy of development and opportunity for the people of East Durham.

“Our provision for 16+ is already second to none, giving students the opportunity to link their chosen sport with an academic programme - helping them to achieve their aspirations.

“Through our partnerships with the Tees Valley Mohawks and the newly appointed Basketball Development Officer at England Basketball we are striving to create pathways for everyone. For people aged 6 to 66, for players that just want to play for fun up to players looking to progress to the highest level.

Although the College’s Basketball Development Centre is linked with the Tees Valley Mohawks, it is not exclusive to its members. If players from other clubs wish to apply they are more than welcome to be part of the College’s programme and still play for their chosen club.

If you’d like more details about the College’s Basketball Development Centre or Community Basketball programme please call Rose Fraser on 0191 518 5565.